News Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al in Lawrence, Kan, feels the bitter wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snow blower early morning

With Arctic winds plummeting temperatures to  -50C, much of North America has shut down as authorities warn of the life-threatening freeze

Joseph Franklin was convicted of seven other racially motivated murders after killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting

US neo-Nazi Joseph Franklin who targeted black and Jewish people in a nationwide killing spree executed in Missouri

63-year-old was convicted of seven other racially motivated murders after killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting

Belgian King Albert II addresses the nation from the Royal Palace in Brussels

€1m a year? Belgium's former King Albert struggles to cope with new 'pay'

Admittedly it's a step down from €11.5m annual salary he received before his abdication

Book review: Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, By Judith Mackrell

Bold and daring, the new women of the 1920s did far more than show a glimpse of stocking

Jonah Lehrer: The writer resigned from The New Yorker after being exposed

Plagiarist Jonah Lehrer finds words (his own) to tell story

Writer Jonah Lehrer first learned he had been rumbled, as a plagiarist and fabricator, from a voicemail.

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It might look a little like a veggie burger, but is in fact a pulled pork patty

Carnaby Street: The album. No, really

“Carnaby Street” is the latest “Rock of  Ages”-style musical to hit the theatre. Recently performed at the Hackney Empire in the capital, producers must be confident that the sound of swinging London is due a revival, as they have just released an accompanying soundtrack.

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Chelsea’s Ron Gourlay wants the club to connect with a US Fan base

Chelsea and Manchester City set for FA Cup semi-final repeat at New York Yankee Stadium

City have toured North America for two of the last three years

Quiet perfection: Musial at bat for St Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies in 1946

Stan Musial: Baseball player considered one of the best in history

On a late summer's day in San Francisco in 1962, a modest crowd gathered to watch the visiting St Louis Cardinals baseball team do battle with the hometown San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals were not strong that year, while the Giants were challenging for the National League divisional baseball championship. Still, the Cardinals were always interesting to watch because of the presence on the team of their aging superstar, Stan Musial, known down the years to anybody exposed to the sport as "Stan the Man".

Commodities fear as mighty Mississippi runs dry in drought

It may be America's largest waterway, but now even the mighty Mississippi is being choked by drought, as historically low water levels threaten to halt the flow of vital commodities from the heart of the US, with potentially devastating economic consequences.

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a home run against the Yankees

Baseball: Detroit motor to World Series as battling Giants do it the hard way

The comeback team against the would-be comeback city. Such is the 2012 World Series which opens tonight in what is probably the major leagues' most beautiful ballpark, where Barry Bonds used to lash his steroid-fuelled home runs into San Francisco Bay.

Plot thickens in Canada's maple syrup raids

A shipment of maple syrup was given a police escort across Eastern Canada after being seized by detectives investigating the theft of about 10 per cent of Quebec's "strategic syrup reserve".

Soul Sister, Savoy Theatre, London

There’s one overwhelming reason to check out this dramatically rather run-of-the-mill bio-musical, and that is to savour Emi Wokoma’s phenomenal performance as Tina Turner.

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